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Old 12-25-2006, 11:18 PM   #1
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1 All-Clad Pot only

The powers that be who have the money for me to purchase new pots and pans are telling me that before I can invest in a bunch of All Clad SS on the cookware and more web site, like these: 8" 10" and 12" frying pans; 3 quart sautee pan; 8 and 6 quart stock pots; that I can only purchase one of them and then it I like them, and they like what I cook in them, that then they will consider funding me the rest of the cookware since I have also never cooked on AC SS before and they want to see how it turns out.

I have read the multitude of reviews of these All-Clad cookware on Amazon but still don't know which one to get. On the C&More outlet store, they do have an 8" AC SS frying pan on sale for about $50 with shipping but is this really big enough. By big enough, I mean what can one cook in this 'smallish' 8" pan? Is it worth it to even get a fry pan so small? Of course not for a family, but even if I am just going to cook for myself in our house and my family wants to taste the wares, is this 8" pan big enough and if so to cook what kinds of things.

So, right now I have to choose just 1 pan so as to demonstrate what an AC SS pan can do and then hopefully, I can then be given the funds to get the rest of them.

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Old 12-25-2006, 11:24 PM   #2
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I'd go for a medium or large saute pan. It's big enough to do a meal for more than one. The straight sides give you more 'floor space' than a skillet of the same diameter. Also, it comes with a cover, making it more versatile.
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Old 12-26-2006, 12:03 AM   #3
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Or if you were even going to buy just one pot to demonstrate how good AC SS is (to non believers) not necessarily in those I mentioned above, or even AC NS is, which 1 pan would you purchase and which dish(es) would you make to demonstrate the cookware's good cooking and tastey qualities?
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Old 12-26-2006, 01:33 AM   #4
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Per Andy, I would also go for the saute. A 6 qt if I could afford it and a 3 qt if I had to settle. Actually I think for me the Saute and the stainless skillets are the best that AC makes. If I want non-stick, I like the Calaphon one better than AC. Of course one might like Lodge as a seasoned cast iron for many things seems to surpass almost every thing else. Or Volrath steel fry pans....

In short, do not get hung up on a "set" of any brand as each brand has their pluses and minuses in each type of pan.

Good hunting.
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Old 12-26-2006, 01:40 AM   #5
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Hi,

I recently got an AC stainless "cassoulet pan." It's a wide, shallow, two-handled casserole with slightly curved sides, about 9 1/2 inches across and 3 inches deep, capacity 3 quarts. The pan is a recent introduction to the AC line.

I like it better than the AC 3 quart saute pan--it has higher sides, and the rounded sides make for easier lifting/stirring of the contents of the pan. It's even nice enough to bring to the table, as I did today.

Introductory price on Amazon: $99. Or $90 at the AC "outlet" website, Cookware & More : All-Clad Outlet. Standard price about $149.

I personally think that the "try me" small pans are way too small to really use if you've got more than one person eating. But I watch for the "special prices" they occasionally offer on larger pieces.

Edited to add: I use this mostly for doing stir-fries and sautes, spaghetti sauce, etc. Rarely for casseroles--though it has happened!
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:53 AM   #6
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If you plan on getting a set get something that doesn't normally come in a set that you will eventually want like the 3 qt. cassoulet that TexanFrench mentions or the 13" braiser. Because of thier style handles these are good choices to use when fixing something started on the cooktop and finished in the oven.

All-Clad: Stainless 13" Braiser with Lid
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Old 12-26-2006, 12:50 PM   #7
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If you just want to get a piece of high quality SS cookware to try check out Anolon Commercial clad.

Thier hollow core stick and loop handles are probably the most user friendly handled ever produced.

The Anolon Commercial clad 10" saute pan for $39.99 is a real bargain.

Homeclick.com - Kitchen Cookware Anolon
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Old 12-26-2006, 01:22 PM   #8
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Check out some of the other threads in this section. There is a bunch of info that would probably pique your interest and satisfy some of the answers you're looking for (as well as provide new questions, but such is life!).
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Old 12-26-2006, 02:20 PM   #9
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My 2 cents....If you are going for 1 peice...the Saute 6 qt.
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Old 12-26-2006, 03:07 PM   #10
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Or if you were even going to buy just one pot to demonstrate how good AC SS is (to non believers) not necessarily in those I mentioned above, or even AC NS is, which 1 pan would you purchase and which dish(es) would you make to demonstrate the cookware's good cooking and tastey qualities?

The main reason many people recommend SS cookware is because you can get a better sear on meat and make a better pan sauce using the brown bits stuck to the bottom of the SS pan than you can with nonstick.
Using this bit of reasoning get something of an appropriate size for rhe amount of people you will be normally be cooking steaks for.

For the above reason we only have four pieces of SS cookware. 10" sauteuse, 10" skillet an a 12.5" everyday pan.

I can't see a need for clad stock pots and sauce pans.
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